While I’m not much of a visual artist myself, I have collaborated with quite a few over the years. One thing I’ve observed is that visual artists work hard and with tremendous amounts of patience and their bodies often suffer for it. The hours and hours of laying down papier mache for sculptures or masks, the time behind a table while sketching, the patience of layering brush stroke after brush stroke on a painting.
The Feldenkrais Method can assist in giving you more options and pathways for those repetitive movements and can also offer a more embodied way of approaching your materials. Do you paint with your whole self or just your arm?
“Processes go well if there are many ways to influence them. We need more ways to do what we want than the one we know— even if it is a good one in itself.”
– Moshe Feldenkrais